Stuck In Love and A New Sleep Routine

Good evening and Happy Bachelorette Night number 2 for this lady :).




A long and wild day at work called for some YOGA, foam rolling,  a nice glass of champaign (the bottle from Zach and I’s wedding), a nice fire, and a movie. [I am rocking at my goals this week :)]



I only just started it, but here is a quick quote from Wikipedia:

Stuck in Love is a 2012 American independent romantic-drama film, directed and written by Josh Boone. The film stars Jennifer ConnellyGreg KinnearLily CollinsNat Wolff and Logan Lerman. It focuses on the complicated relationships between a successful novelist, played by Kinnear, his ex-wife (Connelly) and their collegiate daughter (Collins) and teenage son (Wolff).

Nothing like a chick flick, bubbly, a good Asain chicken salad with left over chicken from Whole Foods from yesterday

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(i apologize the SLR is having some issues tonight. . . so it’s the little camera tonight)

and of course, some more Chex Mix.


Night two of bachelorette life:  success.

Babe — that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come home though, ok? 🙂

My New Favorite Sleep Routine

Yoga for sleep  <— try it.  It will stretch, relax, and put you in a blissful, sleepy state :).

I’ve been doing this the past couple of nights before going to bed because I know I don’t sleep as well when Zach isn’t here.  I’ve done it before, and it really is the perfect little 10-12 minute routine to squeeze in before jumping into bed.  I love it 🙂

So now — it’s time to finish this movie, follow my Blues and Cards, and possibly eat some of the piece of red velvet cake that I may or may not have bought for dessert 🙂

Question of the Night:  Last good movie you saw?

I need recommendations!

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Beautiful Ruins

I know they say you should never judge a book by it’s over. . . but that’s exactly what I did with Beautiful Ruins, By Jess Walter.


Thank Goodness it didn’t disappoint.

Beautiful Ruins caught my attention with it’s beautiful cover art, but kept my interest with it’s story.


We begin in the small fictional town of Porto Vergogna in 1962 where we are introduced to Pasquale, the young innskeeper at the Hotel Adequate View.  The pensione as it is referred to, is Pasquale’s families attempt at a safe life after a tumultuous couple of life events, specifically the death of Pasquale’s two older brothers in the War.  Started previously by his parents, in 1962 the Hotel Adequate View is being run by Pasquale following his father’s sudden death.  Back from University, Pasquale is disillusioned by life at the pensione, but is brought back to where he grew up by family obligations to run the inn and take care of his ailing mother.

The story quickly begins when we see Dee Moray, a beautiful Hollywood actress who is in Italy to film the huge Hollywood movie, Cleopatra. Pasquale cannot believe that she would purposefully intend to stay at HIS pensione, but we learn that Dee is actually very sick and has been sent off set to the secluded inn for rest.  From first glance, Pasquale is instantly in love with Dee, and we follow them through some emotional interactions that defy the language and cultural barriers between them.

We then move in time to recent Hollywood where we are introduced to Claire Silver, a young Hollywood “chief development assistant” for the past-his-prime Hollywood producer, Michael Dean.  Claire is disillusioned by much in her life: her slacker boyfriend addicted to porn and strip clubs, a boss she vehemently disagrees with, and a lack of direction as to HOW she got to this point in her life and where she can go from here.  The stories quickly come together when an old Italian man, Pasquale, comes into their Hollywood office on a major “pitch day,” not to pitch a movie idea, but instead to find a long lost love whom he believe Mr. Dean can help him find:  Dee Moray.

The novel jumps between different time in history, following the different primary characters in different phases, locations and directions in their lives.  But ultimately, their stories are all tied together and told beautifully, by the unique and simple Hotel Adequate View.

Personal Review

I love love.  And because of this, I truly did love Beautiful Ruins.  The relationships described in the novel are so unique, heartfelt, and jarring, that I couldn’t help but get sucked in.  This isn’t a fairy tale love story, far from it, but it is a story that feels genuine and rich with human emotion, and THAT kept my attention.

The jumpy nature of the novel: going back and forth in time and switching settings, was a bit jarring and took some adjusting. But, by the end of the novel I really enjoyed the way all of the stories were intertwined together.  Be warned, but know it’s worth it- and even if it seems a bit confusing, it all does come together.  By the time I finished the novel, I felt a sense of joy AND closure that I haven’t gotten from a story in a long time.  And that is beautiful  .

Heading to the beach?  Going on a road trip? Or just have some down time and want a good read, definitely pick up Beautiful Ruins.  It’ll have you intrigued the entire time, then leave your heart smiling.

Question of the Afternoon:  Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover?

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Are You Ready for Winter Yet?




I’m all about my warm scarf this morning!  Welcome to the cool temps, Denver!  We aren’t expected to even get out of the 40’s today!  Yikes!

It should be noted that Zach is literally going INSANE with this cold weather.  He has one thing, and one thing only on his mind.




I’m still all about the Fall — I can’t quite psych myself up enough yet for the Winter and skiing — but days like today make me feel like it’s certainly coming!

Moving on . . . 

Last night was a relaxing evening full of girly things. Cookies,  Food Network, David Tutera, sparkling water, the good stuff 🙂

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This Morning

This morning I actually woke up feeling wonderful!

I think there are 2 elements that make it hard for me to get out of bed as the Winter gets closer:

  1. The dark monrings
  2. The COLD bedroom and WARM bed.

When I’m all warm and cozy in my bed, and I can feel the chill in the room, it takes serious motivation to talk myself out of bed in the early AM.   Well, at some point in the early  morning I woke up and turned off the fan in our room, probably about 3 or 4 AM?!

This made a huge difference because by 6 AM when my alarm went off, the room was stuffy I was actually warm and ready to get out of bed.  Worked like a charm and I was ready to hit the gym for an easy sweat session 🙂   I’m going to have to remember this (although Zach may not like it so much . . . )

Workout of the Morning: 10 mile stationary bike + 15 minute plank weight routine

30 minutes to warm myself up on the bike, and a quick set of a plank routine from the latest SELF magazine + general weights.  I do want to keep my strength training very light until after the race — lord knows I’m too injury prone to risk anything right now 😉



I finished BEAUTIFUL RUINS during my work out this morning as well — so look forward to a book review in the very  near future 🙂  I highly recommend this one people — check it out!

Question of the Morning:  Are YOU ready for Winter yet?